Sofia Design Week is an international festival for design and visual culture, taking place every year in Sofia, Bulgary. It features a professional forum with prominent speakers from all over the world, as well as an extensive program of open events aimed at the broader audience – exhibitions, workshops, discussions, talks, screenings, parties, book openings, events for children, etc.
Sofia Design Week strives to serve as a platform which stimulates and supports the development of design professionals in Bulgaria. At the same time the festival aims to present and promote sustainable and sensible practices for better and beneficial visual environment from around the world.
Usually, design isn’t something most people associate with the Balkans. One of the goals of Sofia Design Week is to change this perspective, responding to the growing interest of large-scale design platforms in this region. Artists from this countries are creating interesting and different designs, and at this event, you can be in touch with them, tasting their culture and perspective.
So far the list of speakers at Sofia Design Week includes: Konstantin Grcic, Matali Crasset, Michael Marriott, Mark Chalmers, Erik Kessels, Ji Lee, Marti Guixe, Stefan Sagmeister, Genevieve Gauckler, David Carlson Peter Bilak and Tomek Rygalik, among others.
At the Balkans, as the event says, East meets West, communism meets capitalism, and this mix is a fountain of inspiration for young designers. They use this different influences to create original products, moving against the unified cultural production.
Sofia Design Week 2013 launches discussions about Balkan design. The main objective is to initiate creative exchange between the Balkan countries and to facilitate a more tangible presence of projects from the region onto the world map.
This year, Sofia Design Week will have a deeper selection of Balkan design, without forgetting good examples from other places of the worlds.
Design Bazaar is for all those who believe that good design has an irrevocable place in our daily lives, be it in the form of a beautiful object, a distinctive outfit, a handmade piece of jewellery or a unique toy inhabited with imagination.
Design Bazaar is also for those who prefer to know the origin of things they buy and to personally meet the people who make them.
This year, the Bazaar of Sofia Design Week offers a variety of small treasures to please every age and taste and will present a number of Bulgarian designers, local design shops and online retailors, all this washed down with music and drinks in a casual Sunday mood.
And of course, there will be a lot of moments to relax, have fun and meet new people. So, until the 30th of June, head to Bulgary and check this really cool event.
Source: EDNO – Sofia Design Week